This summer, Drew and I had a small container garden on the balcony of our apartment. We love the lush feeling it adds to our space! However, we weren’t expecting to get an entire bucketful of jalapeños out of our little plants! It must have been the perfect summer for them, because we’ve had more than we know what to do with.
That was when I started search Pinterest for jalapeño recipes. I came across this IPA Pickled Jalapeño recipe from the Beeroness that I just had to try! Beer and jalapeños in one? I can’t think of a combo that sounds better for summer, especially here on Brewing Up Style.
Now, the easy part was growing the jalapeños. The real thought went into choosing the perfect IPA to add to the pickling liquid. The Beeroness uses Founders IPA. That beer is great! In fact, I talked about how much I liked it recently in this post about Midwest beers. But I wanted to mix it up.
Ultimately, I went with a local Illinois beer- Tighthead Irie IPA. Tighthead makes amazing IPA’s and their Irie IPA has the perfect balance of hop and malt. I thought the balance of this beer would pair really well with the acidity of the vinegar that also goes into the pickling liquid.
IPA Pickled Jalapeños
Since our garden jalapeños were slightly smaller than the ones you would usually get at the store, I used about 15 in this recipe (and it still didn’t fill up the entire jar!). If you have normal-to-large sizes jalapeños, 7-8 peppers would probably work great! Slice them up and then throw them in a jar.
In a sauce pan, combine 1 cup of IPA and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Then, add 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of salt. Throw in about 1 tablespoon of black peppercorns. Place the pan over medium heat and heat until the salt and sugar is dissolved. Don’t walk away: You don’t want to boil off the IPA!
Let the mixture cool and then pour into the jar with the jalapeños. That’s it! It will last about two weeks in the fridge.
The Mason Jars
By the way, I absolutely love these mason jars I used! I got lids to go with and use them for everything; smoothies on the go, jar salads, and even for the Texas Mules in this post about summer cocktails. Mason jars add such a cute touch to any table or bar. They are convenient to have around for surprising recipes like this too. 🙂
The great thing about these mason jars is that they have a normal mouth so you can use any lid that fits a regular-sized Ball jar. I’m a fan of the original lids because I think they have the best seal. Check out this link for the mason jars and this link for the lids. The lids I’ve linked also come in different colors!
The resulting pickled jalapeños were the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. We loved them on sandwiches, skillet dishes, and of course, nachos! You could use this recipe with cucumbers and onions as well if you wanted to mix it up.
Like I mentioned above, I found this recipe and recreated it. If you would like to see the original or check out more amazing beer recipes, be sure to click the link for the Beeroness’ website below.
What Do You Think?
Beer adds a complex flavor to food that’s definitely worth experimenting with. Would you make these IPA pickled jalapeños? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to share any pictures of your IPA pickled veggies with me on Instagram.
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